July 25, 2024
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Could It Be That I Already Own The Ideal Car?

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Humans invest significant time pursuing excellence, but it’s more beneficial to relax and acknowledge that achieving perfection is almost impossible. Furthermore, even if you reach perfection, the constant upkeep can hinder your enjoyment. It’s healthier to adjust your standards regarding what defines “ideal.” During the July 4th holiday, I retrieved my freshly painted 2001 Porsche 911 Turbo from the shop and set out on a 400-mile journey across Southern Ohio to explore good roads, savor good food, and strive for driving perfection, or as close as one can get.

I have owned this 996 Turbo for a couple of years now, and it’s possibly the best thing I’ve ever driven. This car has been out of my hands since last September getting stripped down and painted in a gorgeous new shade. I’d forgotten just how good it was. I know I said the NSX was the perfect car, but maybe it’s actually this? After adding a bunch of numbers to the odometer on Thursday, I’m more convinced than ever. As the miles added on I once again grew more comfortable and connected to the car, and the perfect shone through.

Photo: Bradley Brownell

My July 4th morning started with an unrelated project. First I had to replace the HVAC blower motor in our Cayenne, because the air was just too sticky to deal with windows-down driving. This thing has been on the fritz since we drove it to the Indy 500 in May, and finally decided it was done working. The folks on the internet said this was a super simple job, but after I’d torn out half of the dashboard to get to it, I determined that they were wrong. With that sorted, we headed down to the paint shop to pick up the finished car. New Ocean Jade Metallic paint and a custom carbon fiber roof awaited.

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From the paint shop in Canton, Ohio, we journeyed south to Zanesville, Ohio, to locate the beginning of highway 555, also known as “the triple nickel” or “Ohio’s Tail of the Dragon.” While I had never driven this road before, I had heard it was exceptional. Given the scarcity of good driving roads in the Midwest, I decided to head south and explore what the mountains had to offer. I’ve driven some of the world’s best roads, including a deserted Tail of the Dragon at dusk, and although 555 isn’t as tightly wound and twisty, it boasts breathtaking views and sweeping corners that make it an enjoyable touring road.

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We traversed the stretch of 555 from Zanesville to Chesterhill, and it was truly exhilarating. The car and I were completely in sync, navigating through winding corners, feeling the car get light over hills, and accelerating down long straights. With its immense power, it’s easy to surpass normal speeds in an instant, but the car has enough grip to handle it. I tried to maintain a reasonable pace, although I did receive a warning from a State Patrol officer for going 70 miles per hour in a 55 zone. I’ll make sure to be more cautious in the future.

Despite the hot and humid weather outside, the AC and radiators kept both occupants and the engine cool, respectively. We stopped for lunch at the Triple Nickel Diner, which I highly recommend. Their onion rings were perhaps the best I’ve ever tasted, and the service was exceptional. It had nothing to do with the car, but it certainly enhanced my day.

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